OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images and compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior generally recognized as senseless.

Common symptoms reported by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Type
How many have tried
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
41
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Anxious mood (35) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
Insomnia (23) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Depressed mood (10) Anxious mood (7)
2 more
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(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Insomnia (21) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Depressed mood (10) Anxious mood (9)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Insomnia (20)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Apathy 9 more
How many evaluations
24
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Sex drive (libido) decreased 17 more
How many evaluations
31
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (8 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
8
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Bipolar depressive episodes 17 more
How many evaluations
30
Tried for
Anxious mood (35) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Increased appetite 12 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Insomnia (23) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Daytime sleepiness 4 more
How many evaluations
21
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Anorgasmia Anxiety and frustration 5 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Depressed mood (10) Anxious mood (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome)
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Insomnia (21) Depressed mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal bloating Brain zaps 13 more
How many evaluations
11
Tried for
Depressed mood (10) Anxious mood (9)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Addictive (prefer to take a pill every night to sleep very soundly) Balance problems 7 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Insomnia (20)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 66
20s 748
30s 939
40s 892
50s 548
60s 188
70+ 35

Sex

Distribution of sex

76% Female
24% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 899
20-29 years 224
30-39 years 122
40-49 years 56
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 3
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,747
Not Diagnosed 1,768

These charts show data from OCD patients who have completed their condition history
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